School textbook quality requisites discussed

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Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint addresses the meeting for printing and distributing school textbooks at the Ministry of Information yesterday. Photo: MNA

Union Minister for Information Dr. Pe Myint attended and addressed an event held at the Ministry of Information yesterday morning, where the quality of the school textbooks was discussed.
At the event, the Union Minister said the Ministry of Information is working together with the Ministry of Education to print and distribute school textbooks for academic year 2019-2020. The textbooks will be jointly printed by Ministry of Information Printing and Publishing Department (PPD), private businesses and companies, and the two ministries were working together, starting from tender works to purchase and import raw materials. JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and CREATE (Curriculum Reform at Primary Level of Basic Education) are much appreciated for coming to explain about the quality required in school textbooks said the Union Minister.
Next JICA CREATE Project Coordinator Ms. Hikari Miyahara explained about JICA work process and CREATE project matters. This was followed by CREATE Project printing technician Mr. Fumitaka Sato explaining in detail about the printing quality and sturdiness in publishing school textbooks, findings from surveying schools, paper and ink quality and quality control.
Afterwards, Deputy Minister for Education U Win Maw Tun said the quality of printing press is important in school textbook quality and this need to be discussed and officials from CREATE discussed and explained about this matter. Deputy Minister for Information U Aung Hla Tun then explained about calling tenders to purchase and import raw materials and discussed on explaining and sharing printing technology with printers participating in the printing works.
Following this, Myanmar Printers & Publishers Association members, PPD Director General U Aung Myo Myint and Ministry of Education Director General U Ko Lay Win discussed on general matters and Union Minister Dr. Pe Myint delivered a closing speech. CREATE project is jointly implemented by Ministry of Education and JICA, starting from May 2014 and the project duration is up to 2021 March, it is learnt.

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